Art and academia: a non-scientific equation to work together

by Alessandra Cianetti

The following text is an unfaithful reproduction of my provocation as part of the interdisciplinary conversation 'The Creative Researcher? Tactics for the Early Career Researcher Today/Tomorrow’ curated by artist Dr. Kai Syng Tan at the Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King's College London on the 3rd October 2018.

  I met Kai Syng Tan in 2014 at the Cross-Cultural Live Art Project I curated as co-director of the arts organisation Something Human. The project was a programme of performances and talks aimed at showcasing live art practices by Southeast Asian artists along with UK and European ones. Kai and I collaborated again in 2016 for an interview for the curatorial research platform performingborders, and since July 2017 I have been working with her as arts production manager for We sat on a mat and had a chat and made maps! #MagicCarpet, a 1.5 year art and science collaboration between Kai and Professor Philip Asherson based at the King’s College London, Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre.

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#ADHDwomen making #ADHDart to widen the discourse on mental health

by Kai Syng Tan

Think Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and you’d probably picture hyperactive boys, bad parents, Big Pharma, criminals or Olympian Michael Phelps. But did you know that women also have ADHD? Are you also aware that a few of these women are using their creative work to make us think twice about what we thought we knew about ADHD? Through these #ADHDart by #ADHDwomen, could we think about what could art do, do for, and do with ADHD and, by extension, issues surrounding neurodiversity, disability and mental wellbeing?

Art with Heart's Declaration. Photograph by Sam Riley.

Art with Heart's Declaration. Photograph by Sam Riley

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